LAHORE: 14th death anniversary of veteran literary scholar, journalist and poet Ahmad Shah Awan widely known as Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is being observed on Friday (today).
He was born on November 20, 1916 in the village Anga of Khushab district. He was given Pride of Performance, Pakistan Academy of Letters’ lifetime achievement award, as well as the country’s highest civil honour, Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 1980.
Some literary people consider Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi’s Urdu afsana (short story) second only to Munshi Prem Chand in its depiction of rural culture. He was editor of a literary magazine ‘Funoon’ for about half a century. Apart from Funoon, he also edited other literary magazines such as Phool, Tehzeeb-i-Niswaan, Adab-i-Lateef, Savera, Naqoosh.
He died at the age of 89 on July 10 in 2006 in Lahore.